Steve Jobs (2015)

Here’s another one with potential and probable Oscar nominations. With the public anticipation running high, Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender), is ready to unveil the very first Apple Macintosh in 1984. Even with all of this happening, Jobs has a lot of personal issues that he is also dealing with. His ex-girlfriend, Chrisann (Katherine Waterston) is constantly hounding him for some child support because she claims he is the father of her daughter, Lisa (Mackenzie Moss). Jobs assistant, Joanna (Kate Winslet) is by his side with everything he is doing and boy does he need it. After the Macintosh fails, Jobs is eventually fired from Apple and creates NeXt inc. in 1988. After the NeXt product fails as well, Jobs finds himself back with Apple ten years later and is ready to unveil the very first iMac and the rest is history from there.

Steve Jobs is a movie that I have been very excited to see, not only because it is surely up for a few Oscars, but also because I knew it would tell a great story. Surely enough, I was absolutely right. I think most of the credit goes to Aaron Sorkin. His script is absolutely incredible and from what I have seen so far, he absolutely deserves the Oscar. Steve Jobs is more than just a biopic because of the way the film goes. It transitions to all of the inventions that Jobs had. Everything about this movie just seemed a lot more creative than any normal biopic and this has easily been one of my favorites this year. This film was two hours and I honestly could have sat through more. This movie absolutely shocked me with how terrific it was.

The acting that this movie has is some of the best that you will see all year. I know there have been multiple people who have been considered for the role of Steve Jobs. We heard how Christian Bale had it, but then decided to pass it up due to preparation. After seeing this movie I don’t think I would want anyone else except for Michael Fassbender. While he is absolutely a terrific actor, he gives us the performance of his career as Steve Jobs. He absolutely blew me away with his performance and it’s all I have been able to talk about lately. Even the supporting roles, like Kate Winslet and Seth Rogen are really great. Though I definitely think Rogen was the weakest link, he was still fantastic.

Steve Jobs is arguably the best film this year so far. I know it is still relatively early in the race for the Oscars, but I’m not quite sure if we are going to see a film that is this good. I have to give credit to director, Danny Boyle, who really surprised me. How could someone be surprised when he directed Slumdog Millionaire? Yes, that was a great movie, but I absolutely loved Steve Jobs. This film never fails to have you full engaged an interested. There are never any dull moments in this. If you are a fan of good film, then trust me on this one, Steve Jobs is a movie that you have to go see.

Overall, Steve Jobs is the movie that everyone has been waiting for and it absolutely exceeds expectations. With great writing, directing and fantastic performances, Steve Jobs does everything to prove that it is an excellent film.

Grade= A


San Andreas (2015)

No Rock bottom in this, but he did hit someone with a pistol. Ray (Dwayne Johnson) drives a Los Angeles Fire Department rescue-helicopter. Ray is divorced and has plans to take his daughter, Blake (Alexandra Daddario) to college. After an earthquake hits the west coast, Ray cannot take his daughter to college and he needs to go work. When Blake is on her way to college, a massive earthquake hits San Francisco and leaves Blake trapped and in need of rescue. When Laurence (Paul Giamatti), a college professor who specializes in research of earthquakes finds out about this, he looks more into it and discovers that this earthquake is only the beginning and there is something much worse to come. Now, Ray and his ex-wife, Emma (Carla Gugino) are flying and driving all around San Francisco trying to find and save their daughter.

I am going to start off by saying that if you are looking to see an awesome 3D movie for the effects, this is definitely one you will want to check out. The story is kind of ridiculous and often over-the-top, but the effects you see in San Andreas are absolutely incredible. I did not really like this movie all that much, but I have to say there were some scenes that really entertained me. I feel like I have seen this movie done a few times already and there was nothing special about this movie that made me think that it was a masterpiece. I think San Andreas is a really average, mediocre film that just has awesome effects and that is what people are going to love about it.

The acting in San Andreas is not too great. I just laugh whenever “The Rock” speaks because every line he says is absolutely hysterical and completely ridiculous. Unlike Furious 7, there was no Rock bottom in this and that made me upset. I will say that compared to all of the other actors, Dwayne Johnson gave the best performance out of all of them and nothing about his performance was all that impressive, he was just a likable character that was really bad-ass. The only thing good about Gugino and Daddario are that they are just super good-looking and that’s why your eyes are on them the whole time and I think its obvious as to why they were casted for this movie.

San Andreas is just a movie that does nothing to really impress me and I think it is no more than an average, money-making movie that was made for that reason only. It is just very hard to not appreciate all of the effects in this movie because they are just awesome and unbelievable. If this was just a two-hour movie of effects, then I would have thought it was an excellent movie, but sadly it wasn’t. Other than the awesome action and special effects scenes, the movie as a whole was just boring and nothing is really memorable from this. This is a movie that you will want to see on the big screen because of the loudness and the incredible effects it has to offer. For a lower budget Blockbuster, the effects really impressed me.

Overall, San Andreas is not a great film by any means, but it is not all that terrible. It is just often boring and filled with lazy acting. If you go see this, just know that the effects will be awesome.

Grade= C (Okay)

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (2014)

Wanna see an awesome action packed movie? This is one for you! If you are a fan of the first one you will absolutely love this. This one is set ten years after the first one ends and most of civilization is completely wiped out. The apes are finally able to live in the wilderness where they  belong. The apes have resided there for quite some time and they get sight of humans still living in the city and they feel they may need to act on this. The leader of the apes, Caeser (Andy Serkis) does not want to start a war wight them. He tells the humans that as long as they stay on their side of the bridge there will be no war. There is one problem with this. There is a generator that can bring back all the power in the city, but this is located right where the apes are living. Caeser is not happy about this, but one of the humans, (Jason Clarke) is able to connect with Caeser and let them know that the two of them can work together without anyone being harmed. One ape, Koba, (Toby Kebbell) does not like how Caeser is handling the situation this way and he decides to do something that will make him leader of the apes. Koba decides it’s time to go to war with the humans.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is an incredibly awesome movie. You have no idea who you are rooting for in this movie. This is not a movie of right versus wrong or good versus bad. This is a movie where the act is definitely the enemy. Caeser and the humans do not want to go to war with each other. As soon as Koba took over, everything changed and all the apes had to listen to what he said. In its delivery of these ideas, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes gives us something that is very impressive.

It was incredible to see how the computers were able to make the apes look so realistic for what was not an animated movie. While watching this movie you feel as if you are the humans on earth. This is a re- boot that was done correctly and it may even be considered almost as good as the Dark Knight trilogy, but that is a whole other argument. The motion- capture of movies just keeps getting better and this was a perfect movie to notice it. Everything just looked too real and it was awesome.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is something that has the audience amazed and wanting to see more. I can’t wait to see where they decide to go with the next one. This is a series that will be talked about for a long time to come.

Overall, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is a movie you have to see the first one to better understand why all of this is happening. This movie was a summer blockbuster that makes an awesome movie watching experience. Two thumbs up!

Grade= A- (Awesome!)